Boxing Day celebrations
TODAY is widely regarded as one of the best days of the year, and if you are Glenn Hoffmann or Garry Elks, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate.
Boxing Day is a great occasion in itself — catching up with family, eating leftovers from Christmas lunch and enjoying a hard-earned day off work.
But for Mr Hoffmann, who has a birthday tomorrow, and his good mate Mr Elks, who celebrates his the following day, it simply serves as a warm-up.
It seems as though the golfing pair was already warm, though.
A round of golf at Bargara was the perfect pre-Christmas activity, but they said today would be dominated by the Boxing Day Test between Australia and Pakistan, with the obligatory beverage or two thrown in.
“We’ll definitely have a beer in our hand while we watch the Aussies smash them, and we might even pop down to the beach in the lunch break,” Elks said.
The fact that Elks hailed from across the Tasman did not seem to faze him — he even barbed his good mate Dave Gudgeon about his heritage.
“If we were playing the Poms it would be an even bigger drubbing,” he joked.
Brian Hart did not have much time for the bat and ball sport, saying he would be far away from a television screen today.
“I’ll be fishing, way out off the coast, and I’m pretty confident we’ll catch our fair share,” he said.
While the best in the business strut their stuff at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Bundaberg’s cricketers will take full advantage of the week off and put up their feet.
“I’ll be sitting on the couch with a beer watching the test, there’s no doubt about that,” Country Wests cricketer Mat Fleming said.
“I might even head out for some backyard cricket in the lunch break if it’s not too hot.”
But it’s not all about cricket.
The Shuler sisters, Natalya and Raquel will be heading to the beach, unless they get called into work.
“If it’s nice and hot the beach will be the place to go.
“And of course we’ll be hanging out with the family,” Raquel said.
Others will be stuck in a car on the highway, or planning their post-Christmas sales rush, while the youngsters and the young at heart will still be enjoying the gifts they gave and received yesterday.